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02.08.13

York: Leicester Can't Be Trusted With Richard's Bones, They Already 'Misplaced' Him Once

Northern British cities feud for right to re-inter Richard
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King Richard III must be wondering why he couldn't have been as popular in life as he is in death.

Two British cities are now feuding over the right to bury the hunchbacked king's bones, with the leader of a Yorkshire council claiming that the city of Leicester has had its chance and "misplaced" the monarch for 500 years and ought not to be trusted to look after him again.

Scarborough Borough Council's Conservative leader Tom Fox told the BBC: "It's only fitting Yorkshire is his final resting place. To be perfectly blunt, the people of Leicester misplaced him for more than 500 years. Would we really wish to entrust his remains to them again? I think not."

It seems a bit rough to assume the negligent burghers of Leicester would make the mistake of losing him again, but the accusation is part of a Machiavellian bid (of which the scheming Richard would surely approve) to get the skeleton of the last Plantaganet (a word we can all now spell) buried at York Minster Cathedral.

But Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby said "the decision has already been made" to bury the king at the city's Cathedral.

Richard III's remains were found underneath a car park in the city, following an archaeological dig by the University of Leicester.